PRINCIPLES AND CRITERIA FOR THE DESIGN OF A RAILROAD TRACK TEST FACILITY

This paper discusses principles and criteria for design of a track test facility such as will be built by the Federal Railroad Administration to support various track research programs aimed at improving design and maintenance procedures. It is suggested the facility be as versatile as possible so that tests can include determination of stresses in rails due to vertical and horizontal loads, study of axial rail forces induced by moving trains and track buckling caused by temperature stresses and moving trains. Construction of permanent structures such as concrete piers should be avoided whenever mechanically possible.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Railway Engineering Association

    59 East Van Buren Street
    Chicago, IL  USA  60605
  • Authors:
    • Kerr, A D
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 1-8
  • Serial:
    • AREA BULLETIN
    • Publisher: American Railway Engineering Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127858
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: AREA Bulletin
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Bul 654 Proc V77
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 16 1976 12:00AM